INSET: Using Puppetry to Help Children Achieve Positive Relationships with their Peers

A CPD session for teachers, EYFS practitioners and educators

About the Course
This workshop will explore how puppetry can help teach children to manage conflicts and explore feelings around difficult decisions and dilemmas. The practical session will include activities and ideas that can be used in a classroom or group setting with children. Suitable for anyone who works with children or young people and is keen to learn how to use puppetry to support PSHE and Citizenship teaching.

The workshop will be informative and experiential with space to try out the ideas during the learning.

About the Tutor

Dinah Mason is a State Registered Arts Psychotherapist, Workshop Leader and Visual Artist.

She has 20 years experience of working with people of all ages with a wide range of needs and interests, and in various settings. She works with both  individuals and groups. For the last ten years Dinah has been working with children and young people, often with their carers and families too, in mental, emotional and social health settings, and in education contexts.   During this time her work has been wide-ranging, and she has also specialised in working with children who are looked after in foster care, those who are adopted  – and those who have experienced, and are affected by, trauma of any kind.

Dinah has worked with Puppetry in teams delivering Psycho-social Work  in refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk, and in orphanages, schools, and to children living on the streets, in India and Rwanda.

Art Psychotherapy can offer a form of exploration, reflection and communication for feelings that are very difficult, and sometimes deeply buried, and therefore hard to identify. It can offer another form of expression where words are sometimes not enough, or hard to reach – or perhaps just unavailable, e.g. for children who have limited verbal expression due to developmental age/stage, or different learning needs –  or who have blocks to communication through experiencing trauma, past or present, ranging in a very broad spectrum, from seemingly small everyday worries to huge life-changing events.

In working with families and groups of children of varying ages, Arts Psychotherapy can level the communication and vocabulary differences between older and younger people.

Dinah uses all sorts of art and play  forms in her practice, among which are  paint, collage, clay, junk-construction, mask-making and performing, working with found objects and puppetry.

Dinah has long been  fascinated by and passionate about puppetry in all it’s aspects –  puppet-making, story-building, as a visual art-form and as a powerful tool for  embodiment of feeling.


Date and time: Monday 3 June, 4.15 – 6.30pm

Cost: £40/£30 concessions

Location: Little Angel Studios

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